ARTS & CULTURE
02/25/2012 12:28 pm ET

Mandy Barker's Psychedelic Soup Has Eco-Friendly Message (PHOTOS)

"Soup" is a term to describe the layer of plastic garbage suspended in the ocean. Yummy.

Mandy Barker's photo series uses real debris collected from around the world and arranged in kaleidoscopic patterns. The images are entrancing, mimicking the effect that the trash treasures have on the sea creatures who unfortunately approach them with innocence.

The works combine a glittery attraction with a foreboding sense of decay, felt in the infinite depth of the ocean's backdrop. Viewers can sense the tension between the hypnotic objects and the disturbing reality of their danger and abundance. The images sparkle, capturing the mysterious allure of the floating litter, trapped in a cosmic soup of another underwater galaxy.

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